Where can Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology take you?
A new school year is the perfect time to explore new things. This year, our club will be helping others in the community, learning about the field from seasoned Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists, and developing our professional skillset.
Why Linguistics? What is Linguistics?
I first started taking Linguistics classes because I was immensely interested in studying languages.
Have you ever wondered how speakers make decisions about what words to use? Have you ever wondered how we produce speech sounds? Linguistics courses are interesting and rigorous, covering a broad depth of topics. By studying linguistics, I was able to discover more about the speech and hearing sciences.
I remember being somewhat afraid that I would not be able to turn my passion into a viable career. When I started to learn more about speech and hearing sciences, I began to see that I could use Linguistics to help people.
Why Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology?
A speech-language pathologist is someone who really loves working with people. Think about how crucial communicating is in our daily lives.
Careers in the speech and hearing sciences are escalating, and are very much in-demand. The field has immense versatility. A career in speech and hearing scientists
Where will I work?
Schools: Speech-Pathologists employed in schools often work with smaller classes of students. These Speech-Pathologists are crucial pillars to student’s academic success.
Hospitals/Rehabilitation Centers: Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists in hospitals are able to provide therapies for those recovering from surgeries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
Private Practices: It is common for audiologists and speech-pathologists to open their own practices. This gives them immense flexibility, as they can be more discerning about their hours.
Who will I work with?
Speech and hearing sciences can help people of all ages. Speech-pathologists are even employed in the NICU, where they help pre-term babies who are passive participants in the feeding process (https://www.speechpathologygraduateprograms.org/nicu/).
How can I pursue Speech and Hearing Sciences at Rutgers?
The Linguistics Department has recently added a Speech/Hearing Certificate to their Linguistics major. This certificate outlines all the recommended courses for admittance to graduate schools.
Read more about the requirements here: http://ling.rutgers.edu/undergraduate-mainmenu-139/certificate-in-speech-and-hearing
If this post has piqued your interest, come to our meetings! We love to discuss our passion for the speech and hearing sciences. We have a lot of things planned for this year, and we would love to have you all be apart of them.
You also may want to consider shadowing a Speech pathologist or an audiologist. For more tips about gaining shadowing experience and building your résumé, stay tuned for October’s next blog post!
Feel free to write to us at ruspeechandhearingsite [at] gmail.com with questions.